January 11th, 2012 | Sports

Yale about to name head football coach, sources say

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For the second time this week, Yale could be close to naming its next head football coach.

A source involved with the search process said that the University could make the decision as soon as tonight, with Harvard assistant coach Tony Reno and Lehigh offensive coordinator Dave Cecchini as the favorites to fill the vacancy. Another confirmed that the official announcement will likely to take place on Friday.

Earlier in the week, UConn defensive coordinator Don Brown withdrew his name from consideration after reportedly being offered the job. With Brown no longer available, the search committee turned to Reno and Cecchini, who were interviewed earlier this month. Georgetown head coach Kevin Kelly was also interviewed.

Cecchini oversaw a high-octane Lehigh offense that ranked third in the Football Championship Subdivision in total offense, averaging 469.6 yards per game. He also directed Harvard’s offense from 2003 through 2006 and his 2004 squad posted a perfect 10–0 record, winning the Ancient Eight and leading the league in every major offensive statistics.

Reno, however, may be on the inside track for the vacant spot. He spent six seasons at Yale and became the assistant head coach in 2007 after working with the secondary for five seasons. In 2007 and 2008, Yale’s passing defense ranked third in the nation. For the last three seasons, Reno has been the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator for Harvard. This past season, the Crimson ranked first in the Ivy League in terms of pass defense efficiency.